Rappers React To Eminem’s Comeback Disc, “I Think ‘Insane’ Is Genius,” Says Kanye West
With Eminem’s comeback album, Relapse, officially coming out last Tuesday, fans and industry people alike have had a chance to listen and offer their opinions on the highly anticipated album. In the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly, the magazine spoke to several people who worked on the album as well as Em’s peers to get more incite into the disc and the superstar’s road back into the spotlight.
Kanye West told EW, “I think that the ‘Insane’ song is genius.” Producer and Eminem’s tour DJ, The Alchemist, said, “I can’t even explain how in the zone he is. I think some of the drugs make you introverted and antisocial. Maybe everybody got accustomed to that with Em, because that became part of his personality. But now that’s all gone. The funny guy and the creativity are all still there. Maybe he had to almost die for it to happen, but man, he’s on point.”
DMC, who Em recently inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the late Jam Master Jay and Reverend Run, is also a huge fan. “His music is his therapy,” DMC said. “I can relate to everything he’s saying. [Expressing] those dark, depressing times, that’s what rock ‘n’ roll is supposed to do.”
Relapse is currently in stores now. HitsDailyDouble.com already projects the album to be the biggest first-week seller of 2009, with early estimates of the album breaking 600,000 units on Wednesday’s (May 27) Nielsen SoundScan sales report.
The new issue of Entertainment Weekly hits stands on Monday (May 25). – Elan Mancini